Hinch focused on winning, not excuses

Hinch focused on winning, not excuses

SAN FRANCISCO -- As a player, A.J. Hinch has been a part of losing teams.

"I've read this book," the D-backs manager said.

With that experience, Hinch knows that a certain mindset can begin to creep into a clubhouse, and he is taking a proactive approach to making sure that does not happen with his team, which had lost six straight heading into Sunday's series finale with the Giants.

"One thing to make perfectly clear is we're not victims here," Hinch said. "So I'm not going to accept any sort of sour faces around here and 'woe is me' because we're not victims. We created this mess and we've got to get ourselves out of it. If you want better results, you have to force the issue."

Instead of talking about tough schedules or bad breaks or just-misses, Hinch wants the team's energy focused on figuring out a way to win on any given day.

"Misery loves company, but I don't want to be that company," he said.